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All events at The Anne Frank Center are free for Holocaust survivors, veterans and students 15 and under
 

On Writing and Remembering
A Talk with artist Ruth Schreiber
 
In partnership with the Jewish Art Salon

Wednesday February 10 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

adults $5 and seniors/students $3

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Artist Ruth Schreiber will discuss her current exhibit, Letters from my Grandparents, on view in our gallery through April 15. Her art work tells the remarkable story of the discovery of a box of letters written by her grandparents between January 1939 and August 1942, to the three of their five children whom they had managed to send to England on the Kindertransport from Germany at the height of the Nazi persecution of the Jews. Schreiber will explore her artistic process in bringing four decades and two continents worth of loss, separation, survival and reunion to life.

Sponsored in part by the Puffin Foundation, West

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Auschwitz by Ruth Schreiber

 


 

Literary Lunches at The Anne Frank Center USA

This spring The Anne Frank Center will launch our Literary Lunches program – the chance listen to an acclaimed author read and discuss their new novel and enjoy a light lunch provided by us. The ticket price includes a copy of the book, which you can pick up ahead of time so you can have your questions prepared! Our Literary Lunches this season will feature novelists Peter Golden and Martha Hall Kelly.

Sponsored in part by Pret a Manger
 


 

 


 

Peter Golden’s Wherever There is Light

Part of the Literary Lunches series

Wednesday March 2, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Tickets: $20, which includes lunch and an advance copy of the novel

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

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This sweeping, panoramic tale of twentieth-century America chronicles the decades-long love affair between a Jewish immigrant and the granddaughter of a slave. Julian Rose is only fifteen when he leaves his family and Germany for a new life in 1920s America. Kendall Wakefield is a free-spirited college senior who longs to become a painter. Her mother, the daughter of a slave and founder of an African-American college in South Florida, is determined to find a suitable match for her only daughter. One evening in 1938, Mrs. Wakefield hosts a dinner that reunites Julian with his parents—who have been rescued from Hitler’s Germany by the college—and brings him together with Kendall for the first time. From that encounter begins a thirty-year affair that will take the lovers from the beaches of Miami to the jazz clubs of Greenwich Village to postwar life in Paris.

Join author Peter Golden as he reads from this epic tale of three generations, two different but intertwined families, and one unforgettable love story.

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Scrapbooks and Memory
A Family Program on the art of book-making with Miky Ruiz

Saturday March 12, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

adults $5 and seniors/students $3
free admission for students 15 and under
$15 for a family ticket (consisting of 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 4 children)

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

In partnership with the Jewish Art Salon

Scrapbooks are a wonderful, lasting way of preserving personal and family memories for future generations. Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl began as scrapbook prior to her using it as a journal. Join AFC and visual artist Miky Ruiz in creating a personalized scrapbook to store your mementos and keepsakes. Using a variety of craft materials, with examples of different scrapbooks available to inspire creativity, participants will complete the design of a book to take home and keep forever.

For ages 8 and up.

This program is funded in part by the Puffin Foundation, West

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Sophie’s Book by Ruth Schreiber

 


 

No Asylum:
A series of programs in response to the refugee crisis in Europe then and now

Not since the Second World War have we witnessed such an influx of people crossing international borders in a struggle to survive. In the past year, refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq have been arriving in Europe by the thousands. At last count there were nearly 60 million people displaced by conflict worldwide – caught in a web of violence, extremism, and trauma, despite being “the lucky ones,” the ones who got out.

What can we do in response to this crisis? What is the life of an exile really like? And what role can art and specifically writing have in expressing this? These are the sorts of questions The Anne Frank Center USA will tackle these special programs in response to the refugee crisis. The series will feature a screening of the new film No Asylum, which tells the tragic story of Otto Frank’s desperate attempts to secure American visas before going into hiding with his family. It will also include panel discussions with the refugee advocacy group HIAS, the American Jewish Historical Society and the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, as well as the personal stories of refugees and undocumented families.
 


 

No Asylum: The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank’s Story
Film Screening

Part of AFC’s Human Rights Film Series

Thursday March 17, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Screening will take place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

$12, $10 Members and Students with valid ID

Space limited. Reservations recommended. More details to follow.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

In 1933 in Germany, when discrimination against the Jews worsened, Otto Frank moved his family to Amsterdam. But as the Nazi noose tightened throughout Europe, Otto’s desperation increased. When the doors to other countries closed, he turned to the US as their last hope for refuge. No Asylum, directed by Paula Fouce, is the dramatic and tragic story of Otto Frank’s desperate attempts to secure American visas before going into hiding with his family in 1942.

Based on recently-discovered letters by Otto Frank in YIVO’s archives, No Asylum interviews Anne Frank’s surviving family about his efforts to seek refuge for his family through friends, refugee boards and the U.S. State Department. Otto’s letters and the US State Department responses paint a picture of the world’s failure to respond to the plight of the Jewish refugees.

Followed by a Q&A with the film director Paula Fouce.

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For the Sake of the Children: The Letters Between Otto Frank and Nathan Straus Jr.
A Book Event with Joan Adler

Tuesday March 29, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

adults $5 and seniors/students $3

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

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In 2007, a file of letters between University of Heidelberg roommates and lifelong friends, Otto Frank and Nathan Straus Jr., was found in the archives of YIVO: Institute for Jewish Research in New York. The letters revealed for the first time that Otto Frank tried desperately to get his family out of war torn Holland in 1941, fifteen months before they went into hiding in the now famous attic at Prinsengracht 263, Amsterdam. The story of the letters has been published in a book for the first time, enriching our understanding of the history of the Frank family, and providing us greater insight into this tragic era.

Join us for a reading and conversation with the author Joan Adler, Executive Director of the Straus Historical Society.

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Yearning to Breathe Free: The American Jewish Response to the Refugee Crisis
A panel discussion at the Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York

Thursday April 7, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Tickets $12 adults, $10 for students and seniors

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Founded in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe, HIAS (formerly known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) has touched the life of nearly every Jewish family in America, and now welcomes all who have fled persecution. From their beginnings in a storefront on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a group of American Jews organized to provide much-needed comfort and aid to thousands of Jews fleeing waves of antisemitic riots.

At this special roundtable event, hosted by the Museum at Eldridge Street, the magnificent Lower East Side synagogue that provided spiritual renewal and safe haven for the first wave of Jewish immigrants escaping Eastern Europe, speakers from HIAS, the American Jewish Historical Society, and the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees will discuss the mounting crisis and the American Jewish response.

www.eldridgestreet.org

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Remember Us
Film Screening

Part of AFC’s Human Rights Film Series

Thursday May 5, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

adults $5 and seniors/students $3

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Join us for a special screening of the new documentary film, Remember Us: The Hungarian Hidden Children to commemorate Yom HaShoah. Directed by Jason Auerbach and Rudy Vegliante, this powerful new film focuses not only on who these children were, but the adults they have become.

For this special screening we are thrilled to welcome, Evi Blaikie, Hungarian hidden child and friend of The Anne Frank Center, who will introduce the film, and share some of her own experiences of the war and its aftermath.

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Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls

Part of the Literary Lunches series

Wednesday May 11, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Tickets: $20, which includes lunch and an advance copy of the novel

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

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Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades.

On the eve of a fateful war, New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she sinks deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspect neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

Join author Martha Hall Kelly as she reads from and discusses this remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, happiness, and second chances.

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Undocumented Immigrant Youth: Listening to Students and Forging a New Path
A discussion and film screening with CUNY Professor Tatyana Kleyn and 2014 AFC SAFA winner, Carolina Gonzalez

Tuesday May 17, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

This event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Public Scholars program.

New York is home to over 750,000 undocumented immigrants, many of whom live in mixed-status families. This program will address state and national policies through the lens of some remarkable undocumented youth, to illustrate the realities, challenges and opportunities they face through high school, college and beyond. The program will include a screening of Living Undocumented, a 17 minute documentary co-produced and directed by Tatyana Kleyn, which explores the life of six DREAMers who portray the realities of our nation’s immigration system and its impact on undocumented students.

Tatyana Kleyn is an associate professor at the City College of New York in the Bilingual Education and TESOL programs. For the 2014-15 year she was president of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education and a Fulbright Scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Carolina Gonzalez was the 2014 winner of AFC’s Leah and Edward Frankel Scholarship Award for her work founding Deferred Action for Dreamers, whose mission it is to help young, undocumented immigrants in the South Florida community defer deportation and gain employment authorization. To date the organization has helped over 2,000 applicants from the ages of sixteen to thirty-one. As the granddaughter of Cuban immigrants, Ms. Gonzalez grew up in Miami with a keen understanding of the challenges and alienation many new arrivals to America face, especially children.


 
 

 

The Last Flight of Poxl West
A Book Talk with National Jewish Book Award winner Daniel Torday

Thursday May 26, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

adults $5 and seniors/students $3

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Poxl West fled the Nazi onslaught in Czechoslovakia. He escaped their clutches again in Holland. He pulled Londoners from the Blitz’s rubble. He wooed intoxicating, unconventional beauties. He rained fire on Germany from his RAF bomber. Poxl West is the epitome of manhood and something of an idol to his teenage nephew, Eli Goldstein, who reveres him as a brave, singular, Jewish war hero. Poxl fills Eli’s head with electric accounts of his derring-do, adventures and romances, as he collects the best episodes from his storied life into a memoir. He publishes that memoir, Skylock, to great acclaim, and its success takes him on the road, and out of Eli’s life. With his uncle gone, Eli throws himself into reading his opus and becomes fixated on all things Poxl. But as he delves deeper into Poxl’s history, Eli begins to see that the life of the fearless superman he’s adored has been much darker than he let on, and filled with unimaginable loss from which he may have not recovered. As the truth about Poxl emerges, it forces Eli to face irreconcilable facts about the war he’s romanticized and the vision of the man he’s held so dear.

Daniel Torday’s critically acclaimed debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, beautifully weaves together the two unforgettable voices of Eli Goldstein and Poxl West, exploring what it really means to be a hero, and to be a family, in the long shadow of war.

Followed by a Q&A with the author.

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Night at the Museums

Tuesday June 21, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

FREE ADMISSION

Now in its third year, “Night at the Museums” offers free entry to 15 of Lower Manhattan’s most diverse and culturally significant institutions – including The Anne Frank Center USA. Part of this year’s “River to River Festival,” this unique opportunity will take place on June 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. Many of the sites will offer special programming and tours.

 

On view from February 4 – April 15, 2016
EXHIBITION
Letters from my Grandparents: The Art of Ruth Schreiber

In partnership with the Jewish Art Salon

Opening Reception: Thursday February 4, 6:00 – 8:00pm

FREE with admission to the gallery

adults $5 and seniors/students $3

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Exhibit can be viewed Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Student and adult group tours available.
For more information, contact (212) 431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Ruth Schreiber’s grandparents were among the many Jews in Europe who made the brutal decision to send their children to safety in England during Hitler’s rise. In this powerful mixed media exhibit, Schreiber tells their remarkable story through a series of artworks based on the letters they wrote to their children while abroad. Moving, illuminating, and deeply meaningful, Letters from My Grandparents will forever change how you think about sacrifice, trauma, and the bonds that can never be broken.

Sponsored in part by the Puffin Foundation, West

  


London by Ruth Schreiber

 

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